100 Years of Women


In 1920, just four months after women gained the right to vote in America, a big stride in gender equality occurred at William Jewell College as well: women were admitted on the same terms as men. Those pioneers paved the way for the 12,000 female graduates who followed, giving them all an opportunity to keep making history. We celebrated this milestone on campus with alumni representing eight decades, and even the grandson of one of the first 10 Jewells. View highlights below from this special event.

Reflections of Jewell


Women share their piece of history in a century of women at William Jewell College. Hear from the first African American woman to join a Jewell sorority in 1976, a female tennis player who broke barriers in gender equity in sports, the first women to serve as president and chair of the Board of Trustees, first-generation Jewell graduates and more.

Women lifting women


Here's a shout-out to some special women who have inspired us on our journeys for a meaningful life.

Century-Worthy Soiree


See the hundreds of alumni and friends who joined us on campus October 8, 2021, for a reception and program.

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Thank you, Scholarship donors

In honor of 100 Years of Women, a number of people contributed to existing scholarships. In addition, alumni and friends gave $125,000 for a new scholarship to support Jewell women of today.

  • Endowed Scholarship Donors

    Four new scholarships were added to Jewell’s endowment in summer 2021. These scholarships will benefit generations of Jewell students. The new scholarships include:

    • The Marionetta Snyder Scholarship endowed by Bill Snyder, ’62
    • The Dr. Carol Crenshaw Williams ’85 Scholarship endowed by Dr. Shirley Crenshaw, ’55
    • The Joan S. Lawrence Memorial Scholarship endowed by Linda Lawrence Kiefer, ’83
    • The 100 Years of Women Scholarship funded by the Karen Rahter Mathes ’80 Family
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  • Cardinal Chairs

    Recognizing gifts of $10,000 and more
    • Bill Dreyer, ’60, in memory of Linda Lee Hill Dreyer, ’61, and in honor of Elizabeth Hill Dreyer Norris, ’85
    • Hennessey Family in honor of Laura Chezik Hennessey, ’90, and Sarah Hennessey
    • Charlie Hughes, ’66, in honor of Loretta Hughes, ’65, and Shaelyn B. Crane, ’21
    • Karen Rahter Mathes ’80 Family in honor of 100 Years of Women – William Jewell College
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  • Century Circle

    Recognizing gifts of $5,000 and more
    • Melanie Griffin Cline, ’78
    • Kirkland Family in honor of Amanda Kirkland, ’13, Pam Cook Kirkland, ’81, and Margaret Withers Kirkland, ’51
    • Hazel Oglesby Michajliczenko, ’73
    • Anna Mae Searcy Miller, ’46
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  • Alma Mater True

    Recognizing gifts of $2,500 and more
    • Gina Bowman, ’80
    • Drs. Keith and Carmen Briscoe in honor of Susan B. Tideman
    • Linda Field Duncan, Becky Field Montgomery, Ginger Montgomery Ross, ’92, Amy Brown Duncan, ’88,
    • Melissa Russell Montgomery, ’92, Michelle Honey Duncan, Emily Duncan Gaumnitz, Alana Bruner Duncan, Madaline Ross, Makenzie Montgomery Klewer, Audrey Montgomery, and Lillie Duncan in memory of First Lady Virginia L. Field
    • Dr. Carol Rowland Hogue, ’66, in memory of Dr. Georgia Bessie Bowman, ’34
    • Sara Landers McConnell, ’87, in honor of Linda Long Landers, ’62, Mother; Shirley Landers Thompson, ’49,Aunt; Judy Landers, ’67, Cousin; Mary O’Connor Landers, ’77, Cousin; Ashley Plagmann Carter, ’01, Cousin; Jessica Long Colvin, ’05, Cousin; and the 1983 Delta Zeta Pledge Class
    • Ed Waller, ’68, in memory of Virginia Williams Waller, Class of 1921
    • Carolyn Watley in honor of Melanie Cline, ’78
    • Linda Hardy Zahnd, ’54, Carole Zahnd, Melissa Zahnd Hartwell, ’84, Deana McCrossen Zahnd, ’88, and Tracy McGaughey Zahnd, ’92, in honor of three generations of Zahnds at William Jewell
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  • Cardinelles

    Recognizing gifts of $1,000 and more
    • David K. Anderson, ’91, and Amy S.C. Anderson, ’91, in honor of Amy S.C. Anderson, ’91, and Megan S. Anderson, ’19
    • Stephen Arbo, ’84, in honor of Susan Johansen Arbo, ’86
    • Wes Blanton, ’75, in honor of Debbie Blanton, ’76, Brooke Fisher, ’01, and Mary Beth Blanton, ’06
    • Curry Real Estate Services
    • Mary C. Davis, ’59
    • Diane Dold, ’53
    • Cindy Langston Eggleston, ’92, and Olivia Eggleston, ’21, in honor of Rosa Langston
    • Patty Pence Evans, ’69, in memory of Dorothy M. Patterson
    • Dr. Ronilue Beery Garrison, ’63, in honor of William Jewell College Education Majors
    • Darin Haug, ’91
    • Linda Hilton, ’72, in memory of Ruth Hilton and Mary Lou Hilton
    • Linda Harger Jolly, ’67, in honor of Hanna Lockwood Dobberstine, ’66
    • Thad Jones, ’75, and Sandra Lewis Jones, ’78, in honor of Laura Knight Tate, ’78, Gwen Deloach Packnett, ’78, and Gwendolyn Lacefield Brewer, ’79
    • Kim Wilson Kearney, ’65
    • Kit Truex Mair, ’77
    • PatrickModlin in honor of Terri Schneider Modlin, ’88
    • Wanda Neth O’Dell, ’77, in memory of Frances Tapp Neth, ’25
    • Shirley NeffPryor, ’56
    • Ima L. Rahter, ’58
    • David Sallee in honor of Mary M. Sallee
    • Cynthia Pollard Sheridan, ’86, in memory of Dixie Rose Sanders Pollard, ’56
    • Dianne Shumaker, ’66
    • Christian Sizemore in honor of Anne M. Sizemore
    • Jinny Wilson Straeter, ’63, in honor of Winnie Merk Sneed, ’64
    • Robert M. Taylor II, ’69, in honor of Susan Taylor, ’70, Jennifer Taylor-Ogletree, ’96, Jamie Taylor Kapke, ’00, and Katherine Jackson, ’04
    • Emily Wales, ’07, in honor of Dr. Lois Anne Harris and Mrs. Mary Sallee
    • Christie White, ’75, in honor of Betty J. Dunham
    • The Women ofWilliam Jewell College in honor of Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls
    • Sue Meyer Wright, ’66
    • Elizabeth Young, ’82
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  • Tatler Revue Crew

    Recognizing gifts of $500 and more
    • Samantha Brant, ’11; Dana Brock; Kara Ebeling, ’15, M.S., ’18; Jeanine Rockford Haistings, ’92;
    • Grace Haug, ’21; Chelsea Barchers Heckenkamp, ’10; Marty Jacobs; Allison O’Leary Lassiter, ’12, M.S., ’15; Emily Lynch, ’15, M.S., ’18; Claudia McVicker; Jessica Connery Montague, ’13, M.S., ’16; Carman Stephenson, ’21; Michael Stoll; Paige Story; and Vanessa Ayers Thomson, ’08; in honor of Dr. Donna Gardner
    • Julie Anderson Clark, ’00, Anderson & Associates
    • Betty Curry, ’65
    • Jennifer Day, ’90, Matthew Garrison, ’91, and Jeanine Rockford Haistings, ’92, in honor of the Women of the William Jewell College Education Department; Mary Ellen Bleakley, Ronilue Beery Garrison, ’63, Cynthia Green, and Faye Moore
    • Jim and Dottie McCrossen in honor of Deana McCrossen Zahnd, ’88
    • Robba Addison Moran, ’80, in honor of Gina Bowman, ’80
    • Ginger Montgomery Ross, ’92, in memory of Former First Lady Virginia Field
    • Lisa Solomon Shoemaker, ’77, in memory of Ann Cuneio Earnest, ’77
    • Denice M. Thornhill, ’83
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  • Scholarship Donors

    • Shara Brice, ’91, in memory of Linda D. Thomas, ’90
    • Jeffrey Brown, ’90, in honor of Helen H. Brown
    • JackCapps, ’47, in memory of Amanda E. Harbaugh
    • Cara Dahlor
    • Amy Brown Duncan, ’88, in honor of Helen H. Brown
    • Nancy Durden, ’72, in memory of Virginia Durden, ’40
    • Neita Geilker, ’56
    • Mackenzie Giegling, ’18, in honor of Slone E. Kays, ’18
    • Kelli Hoffman, ’92
    • Patricia Miller Kuhlman, ’71, in memory of Dr. Georgia B. Bowman, ’34
    • Nancy G. Leisinger, ’52, in memory of Lois Younger Roberts, ’52
    • Ashley Griffin Lenhart, ’09
    • Bobbie Mathes
    • Andrea Meloan, ’99
    • Carolyn McCune, ’77, in memory of Virginia L. Field
    • Patricia Zwiebel Petty, ’77, in memory of Dr. Georgia B. Bowman, ’34
    • Andrew Sallee, ’99, in honor of Mary M. Sallee and Emily Donnelli Sallee, ’99
    • Laurel Simmons, ’81
    • Quincy Cotton Spencer, ’10
    • William Stanley, ’76, in memory of Olive Thomas, ’29, and Angeline Stanley, ’44
    • Frances Street, ’79
    • Tony True, ’91, and Andrea True, ’91
    • Clare RuskWestly, ’65, in memory of Eleanor Damer Baker, ’57, and Sandra L. Wonders, ’63
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  • Women’s Council Endowed Scholarship Donors

    Gifts in honor of Juarenne Hester and the Endowed Scholarship
    • Mary Anne Adams, ’69
    • Anonymous
    • Courtney Arnold
    • Jane Boswell
    • Bonnie Stricker Crossett, ’72
    • Betty Powell Curry, ’65
    • Dr. Judith Dilts
    • Hanna Lockwood Dobberstine, ’66
    • Kathy Moore Dunn, ’73
    • Linda Elbow
    • Patricia Pence Evans, ’69
    • Kathryn Froman
    • Stephanie Spencer Green, ’06
    • Ann Hoover Henning, ’52
    • Wendy Griffith Isley, ’81
    • Patricia Miller Kuhlman, ’71
    • Nancy Greene Leisinger, ’52
    • Jeanne Leitze
    • Anna Marie Martin, ’82
    • Anna Kepley McGuire, ’60
    • Chad Means, ’91
    • Judy Minor
    • Lorraine Fierro Moore, ’75
    • Dr. Sylvia Nadler
    • Marianne Millen Neth, ’72
    • Kate Noland, ’05
    • Regina Raw Norris, ’81
    • Karen Orrill
    • Tracey Osborne Oltjen, ’87
    • Patricia Zwiebel Petty, ’77
    • Ann Cady Reed, ’75
    • Marcia Reid
    • Caroline Roberts
    • Dr. Cecelia Robinson
    • Judy Rychlewski
    • Mary Sallee
    • Rebecca Sandring, ’82
    • Clara Beth Saunders
    • Anne Sizemore
    • Miriam McCoy Spencer, ’82
    • Gaye McCarty Stevick, ’75
    • Patsy Berndt Triplett, ’58
    • Mischelle Borron Tripp, ’83
    • Eva Lee Kuhlman Waits, ’64
    • Lori Burnham Withers, ’82
    • Sue Meyer Wright, ’66
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